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Through PEN parents engage with each other, school staff and administrators, and collaborators as they enroll in the process of creating positive solutions to support parents, schools, the community, and youth. Donations help sustain, and help grow parent resources in BVSD and potentially beyond.

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PEN Newcomer Parent 360 Mentor Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

The Parent 360 Mentor program is designed to help parents with their child's transition to elementary, middle or high school and is a complement to Boulder Valley School District's 360 Student Mentor program in which established students mentor incoming students.
The goals of this program are to:
● proactively connect with incoming and new families to a school
● promote a welcoming school atmosphere
● provide parents with information to successfully navigate the transition into a new school
● encourage parent involvement in school activities
● support teacher and staff communication goals
● increase awareness of and connection to resources specifically relevant to their family

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Evidence of Program's Success

An assessment is done prior to implementation to determine the need and level of program to be instituted.
Parent Mentor volunteers debrief the program and look at what worked well and ways to improve.
A questionnaire is sent to new parents to determine 1) Knowledge of program availability 2) Who accessed the program 3) Level of satisfaction with the program 4) Ideas for improvement - We've been finding ways of adapting the program or only using parts of it to fit the school's needs, wants and capacity.
1189 parents were served in the 2016-17 school year with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

PEN Community Collaboratives

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
At-Risk Populations
Parents
Teachers

Description

Because of our vast outreach in the community, nurtured since 2001, PEN partners with professionals who share our mission to support parents. These events are PEN supported, but do not require our staff/volunteers to implement. PEN helps to plan, market, and reach parents through our ongoing relationship with the Boulder Valley School District and the community. One example is our partnership with Girls Leadership Institute, whose mission to equip girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice.

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Evidence of Program's Success

1550 parents attended PEN Collaborative events in the 2016-17 school year.

PEN SPEAKS: Community Parenting Education and Resources

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Parents

Description

PEN leaders and staff interview and select expert speakers to deliver parenting best practice presentations to the community during the 9-month school year. Topics are carefully selected to build parent skills in areas that reflect current trends in our community. Great sensitivity is given to full inclusion, e.g. on-site child care, translation and interpretation, day and evening meeting times and full accessibility. Events are promoted to all BVSD schools and advertised to the public.

PEN Speaks Events include large and small presentations, documentaries, coffee talks, and parenting educational workshops. The content of these programs vary each year so that PEN can continue to be responsive to the ever-changing needs of parents. The success of these programs depends on our staff and volunteers, as well as our partnership with the Boulder Valley School district and community expert partners.
Specific topics covered include marijuana, raising resilient girls, senior transitions, stress and anxiety in youth, developing morning routines, raising tweens, financial literacy for youth, and living in a digital world.

An example of a larger event was our showing of the documentary ScreenAgers. ScreenAgers examines the impact of screen time on parents and youth, and gives strategies for managing technology in the home. PEN hosted 14 showings of this documentary, reaching 3,926 people (2801 parents; 1125 youth). We also had permission from the school district to show the documentary during school hours reaching an additional 4,130 youth.

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Evidence of Program's Success

PEN Speaks Events - 39 programs serving 9,546 people. In 2016 -17 school year, participation in these programs ranged from 10 to ~550 people.
One of the ways in which we measure impact is through the level of engagement in our programs. Those numbers are listed in the description of our programs.
In addition, we have a standard evaluation that is given to those who attend our events. Last year's results are as follows:
• Most people heard about our events through their child's school, a friend, the school newsletter or the PEN monthly e-newsletter
• The majority of participants identified as white (80%) , female (75%), married (70%), and between the ages of 40-59 years of age.
• 72% of parents reported that the quality of the presentation was "excellent'. An additional 26% said it was "satisfactory". Together, 98% of parents rated the presentations as satisfactory or better.
• Participants rated the (1) information (85%), (2)) opportunities to engage with other parents (90%) other response options were 'too little' or 'too much'.

PEN PALS: School Based Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
General Public/Unspecified
Families
Parents

Description

Parents as Leaders in Schools (PEN PALS) is our parent leadership coaching program. PEN PAL teams provide an effective, positive structure for parent volunteers to take a leadership role in the majority of Boulder Valley schools.

PEN parent volunteers engage with each other in collaboration with their child's school principal, faculty and other parent organizations to enhance parent connections and relationships through parent designed action plans.

Unique in its approach, PEN provides an opportunity for parents to be an empowered part of the solution through direct leadership.

By using the PEN training model, parent leaders share knowledge and guidance to larger numbers of parent volunteers, who then share the information with parents throughout the entire BVSD community.

Parents from diverse backgrounds work together on school based activities. Following best practices and research-based work, PEN provides a strong background for teams to be creative within a strength-based framework that encourages innovation and ingenuity.

The PEN Program Director and School Team Committee provides school on-site visits and regular coaching sessions, parent strategic planning and technical assistance for school team volunteers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evaluation surveys show that participants find PEN school team involvement engaging, empowering, and educational by an increase in (1) parental self-efficacy, (2) sense of community in child's school, (3) connections between parents and between parents and school personnel, (5) awareness of community and school parent resources.

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